Glitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe: 3 Apps To Mess Up Your Pictures

by Sam Easterbrook | 1st Dec 2016

Glitch Kendrick

Want to give your images a cyberpunk edge? Sam, our editorial co-ordinator here at ProMo-Cymru, shares 3 online web apps that can seriously glitch up your pictures.

In a good way.

I have a bit of a thing for stuff that is wonky. Things that have been a bit mangled, a bit messed with. Whether that’s Rothfink’s rust buses, to low bit rate mp3s, I love it when things start to go a bit wrong. This is especially true when it comes to pictures. Glitches, screen tearing, datamoshing, all are good in my book

“There is currently no real consensus on the difference between the terms “glitch” and “bug.” In general internet nomenclature, both words refer to errors that work against authorial intent, but “bug” is often cast as the weightier and more blameworthy pejorative, while “glitch” suggests something more mysterious and unknowable inflicted by surprise inputs or stuff outside the realm of code. Often the terms are used interchangeably.” — Alex Pieschel, Glitches: A Kind of History, December 2014

This is the original image that I’ll be using to illustrate the possibilities of the glitch…

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So, do you fancy glitching your pictures silly? Here’s three places on the web that can help you do just that.

1. Image Glitch Tool

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The first site I came across holds a special place in my internet heart. Image Glitch Tool is the best and purest of the apps on this list, what with the results often unrecognisable from the original,

2. Image Glitcher

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Image Glitcher is the most Instagram friendly of this bunch, as it has the option to add CRT Lines for full retro stylings.





This is my new favourite thing. MOSH datamoshes your pictures to within an inch of their lives. Not only is there loads of controls, but you can record animated gifs and can play with it in real time when you enable your webcam. MOSH is a brilliant free resource that makes amazing images. Also, if you press and hold the space bar and hit record, this happens…


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Original cover image: By Jørund Føreland Pedersen (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons